Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation was the first
constitution of the United States of America. The Articles
of Confederation were first drafted by the Continental
Congress in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1777. This first
draft was prepared by a man named John Dickinson in 1776.
The Articles were then ratified in 1781. The cause for the
changes to be made was due to state jealousies and
widespread distrust of the central authority. This jealousy
then led to
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knowledge concerning government, both ideal and practical,
made the convention perhaps the most intelligent such
gathering ever assembled.
On September 17 the Constitution was signed by 39 of
the 42 delegates present. A period of national argument
followed, during which the case for support of the
constitution was strongly presented in the FEDERALIST essays
of Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. The
last of the 13 states to ratify the Constitution was Rhode
Island on May 29, 1790.